It’s easy to see the power of video marketing. When you take it a step further and create a community of followers, the sky is the limit! Not sure? Just look at YouTube’s popularity and the earning power of some of their top performers to see how important building a community is. When you build a community you can quickly get results from any new product or service as soon as you launch it, because the community is already primed and ready to respond. To make that happen, though, youre going to have to work hard to build that community – one video at a time.
Tips for Creating a Community of Followers for Your Video Marketing
Speak Directly to Your Audience – When you make a video for your audience, make sure look right into the camera and talk directly to them. You probably have a picture in your head of who your ideal audience is. If that is the case, picture that person, look into the camera and just speak from the heart.
Show Your Softer Side – Don’t be too stiff and formal in your videos. Even if youre trying to attract lawyers and accountants, they want to see the humanity in you with your videos. Attempt to be relaxed. Practice makes perfect, so if you need to practice a few times to get it right, do so.
Mistakes Are Endearing – Don’t worry so much about tripping over one or two words; it’s okay. Normal mistakes made in the course of a conversation are nothing to correct or be ashamed of. Being too perfect will make you seem cold and unapproachable.
Get to the Point – Don’t take too long to make a video. More than three to five minutes is simply too long. There are a few exceptions to this rule, but break up longer videos if you can. Make a loose script if it helps you stay on topic and not get sidetracked.
Set It to Music – Put some light music in the background that signifies the mood you want your audience to feel as they listen to your video. Be sure to make it quiet and not too loud; you dont want to hide what youre saying and distract from your message.
Show Your Sense of Humor – The beauty of video marketing is that you can add personality to nearly any topic. Even if you talk about serious topics in your video, being a little funny can lighten things up and take the sting out. Being funny can also make videos go viral, so be ready.
Tell Them Secrets – It’s just you and your niche audience, right? Its okay to share something deep with them during the video. You want them to feel as if they are part of your life, and one way to do it is to be honest and transparent.
Make Some Content Exclusive – You can make some content exclusive to your audience by hiding it from others and only letting people who get the link see the video. You can also hide that content behind a membership wall. This type of content can bring your audience closer to you and also help you collect email addresses.
Respond to Others – This works very well on YouTube. When someone makes a video that affects you in some way, make a response video and include it in a comment to their video. This can help you connect more with the entire community while bringing more people over to your community.
Building a community using your video marketing is entirely possible on any platform – not just YouTube. However, YouTube is an excellent place to start creating and hosting the videos that you make. Start with an introductory video and then keep going, sharing it on social media, then asking others to share and get the ball rolling.